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Old 11-25-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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Diaper washing help

How do you wash your dipes? I read on one site that free and clear detergents can leave build up... What should I use instead? I need something that is CHEAP! I'm new to CDing and at the moment we have fitted and a stuffable AIO... I am thinking about getting some pockets because I am afraid of this ammonia odor I keep hearing about with AIOs and I don't want to have to wait forever for them to dry. Does the washing routine depend on what type of dipes you are doing? Anyone had success using baking soda or Borax in the wash or is that a no-no?

Any help is much appreciated!

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Old 11-25-2007, 01:37 PM   #2
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I use alternate between Country Save and Tide original, with Calgon water softener on occasion. I've heard that Borax is hard on your dipes, so I don't know if I'd use it all the time. We use PFs and fitteds here.
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Purex Free and Clear and everyso often a squirt of plain old Blue Dawn dish washing soap. Oh and 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil (TTO)
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Re: Diaper washing help

C & P from my response to another thread:

I started using Allens and then tried Charlies- I came to the conclusion that they just aren't strong enough to clean dipes properly.
I have an LG & my routine is:

Cold quick delicate (uses the most water for a better rinse) cycle with about 1/3 cup of vinegar in the detergent spot- you may not have to do this but I swear it is what got rid of our ammonia.
Sanitary cycle with half capful of Tide Free HE and a couple squirts of Dawn in the prewash compartment- I don't know if it's necessary but feel like it keeps buildup at bay- I don't think you could use Dawn as your only soap (at least not in a FL) because it is really high sudsing. I add an extra rinse to this cycle and hang my pockets to dry and dry my inserts/pf's on high.

The easiest thing you can do is use more detergent (you may have to give in a use a non natural detergent for your dipes to get completely clean) for stinky dipes- just add an extra warm rinse- it's better to rinse dipes better than not get them clean enough in the first place.

FWIW I used baking soda and Borax before and didn't notice much of a difference with the cleaning with or without.
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